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A guide to the parks in Rome

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Date: 2013-09-06 09:54:09


Author: Samuel Heenan

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The good thing about Rome as such a a major urban city is that it has many big parks when you wish to get away from the chaos and the traffic of the Italian city centre. There are quite a few parks in the city centre to visit the nature, relax and sunbath as many of the locals do or for a spot of jogging or a bike ride.


Villa Borghese

1. Villa Borghese


Villa Borghese is the second largest park in the centre of Rome and is easily accessible just north of the Spanish steps or from Piazza del popolo a short walk up the hill or from the top near Via Veneto on the way down. The area started as a vineyard in the 16th century. In 1605 cardinal Scipione Borghese, a nephew of pope Paul V, turned the vineyard into a park.

Landscaper Domenico Savino da Montepulciano designed a very formal park with geometric shapes, the first such park in Rome. A villa was built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio after a sketch from the cardinal himself. The park today has a number of activities such as Gallery Borghese which is one of the most important museums of Rome with work from Bernini, Caravaggio and Domenichino to name a few. To visit the museum you must make a booking, you can call +39 06 8413979 or for a guided your of the gallery 


As well as the gallery there is also the Bio-park the Roman zoo which can be found inside the grounds of Villa Borghese. The zoo is open every day of the year apart from christmas day and costs 14 Euro per adult and 12 for children. Otherwise the park is wonderful to stroll around, rent a bike and there is even a boating lake where you can take a little rowing boat around and see the many turtles swimming. Do not forget to check out the view from Pincio where you can see Rome from above with a view of St Peters and if you can make it there for sunset even better!


 Villa Doria Pamphili2. Villa Doria Pamphili


Villa Pamphili is the largest of the landscape public parks in the centre of Rome. The park is located in the area of Monteverde up the hill from Trastevere. The park  was founded in 1630 for Pamphilius Pamphili, but the most important moment in the development and extension of it was between 1644 and 1652. Two artists from Bolonia, A.Algardi and G.F.Grimaldi, created the villa's palace, called Casino dell'Allegrezze.


The villa was bought by the Italian State in 1957 and partly by the city of Rome in 1965-71, thus it is open to public and it is a favourite place of rest and sport of Romans. The park is a wonderful place for a stroll to observe the wonderful fountains, and gardens.


You can also make your way from the park towards Gianicolo where you will find the best view of Rome and also the statue of the great bearded hero Giuseppe Garibaldi on horseback credited with the unification of Italy.




Villa Ada

3. Villa Ada


Located in the northeastern region of the city Villa Ada is a less visited park by tourists and more frequented by locals, the park has a large lake at the entrance and in the summer months offers many concerts of local and international groups, it also hosts teh world music festival against war, racism and death penalty. The wooded expanse was owned by the Italian royal House of Savoy in the latter half of the nineteenth century; it contained the royal residence (1872–1878).


In 1878 the area came under the control of Count Tellfner of Switzerland, who named it in honor of his wife Ada. The royal family regained control of the land in 1904 but did not change the name. They retained control of the area until 1946.


The park today can be reached from Via Salaria and there are a wide veriety of trails for jogging or you can rent a bike at the entrance of the park for a just over 10 euros. A recent addition to the park you can find an area of fitness with varies machines for exercising, climbing frames, money bars and various other machines that use your own body weight. So if you get the urge for a workout on your vacations you do not need a gym pass!


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Guest Comments:

Matt Holland on 06/09/2013 at 09:52:58 wrote:

How do i get to Villa Pamphili from my hotel near Termini station?


SAMUEL HEENAN: Hi Matt, coming from Termini station you can the Mtero line A (red line) to Valle Aurelia and from there you take bus number 33 to Villa Pamphili, it total it should take about 45 minutes to arrive and a 1 euro 50 ticket will be valid for the bus and metro

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Bryan on 05/09/2013 at 15:18:33 wrote:

nice thread

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